Hikes in Svolvær - Svinøya`s favorites

With Svinøya and Svolvær as the starting point, there are many great hikes you can do. All of them will give you spectacular views and the opportunity to take amazing pictures.

Below you can read about some of our favorite hikes in Svolvær. All within walking distance from Svinøya.

You can either embark on the hikes on your own or with the company of a local guide. 

1. TJELDBERGTINDEN, ELEVATION: 367M. DURATION: APPROX. 3 HOURS

You can expect a walking distance from Svinøya to where the trail begins of an approximately 2.5 km (1.5 miles). There are alternative routes both up and down. The most common route begins at Svolvær Fire Station and follows the gravel road up to what is known as Linken. Before you get to the end of the gravel road, by a big rock, a path towards the right will lead you to the top of the mountain. Due to its advanced position compared to the surrounding mountains, it doesn’t matter that the Tjeldbergtinden is only 367 meters above sea level. The view is stunning and it is an excellent location to further orientate yourself of the alternative hiking routes in the area of Svolvær and Kabelvåg. 

Tjeldbergtinden
Foto: Kristin Folsland Olsen

2. TUVA, ELEVATION: 477M. DURATION: 3-4 HOURS

This alternative has also a walking distance of approximately 2.5 km (1.5 miles) from Svinøya Rorbuer to where the trail begins. This hike can easily be combined with other hikes such as Jomfrutindene, Blåtind, and Fløya. The trail begins by the Red Cross hut in Knutmarka, Svolvær. From here, follow the road towards the north, then embark the gravel road to the left where the road turns before continuing to Knutvika. Follow the gravel road for approximately 500 meters, then do a quick turn to the right and continue uphill (follow signs at the crossroads). Follow the path along the left side of Grønnåsvatnet, cross the boardwalk, and begin the ascent. The trail is clear but quite eroded several places. Partly boarded paths. Walk until you can see the Tuvvatnet in front of you, then turn left and follow the ridge up to the top of Tuva.

Tuva in Svolvær
Foto: Kristin Folsland Olsen

3. BLÅTINDEN, ELEVATION: 621M. DURATION: 3-5 HOURS 

Walking distance to where the trail starts is approximately 2.5km (1.5 miles) from Svinøya. There are many alternative paths and this hike can nicely be combined with Jumfrutindene, Tuva, and Fløya. Parts of the hike is the same as the hike to Tuva. The trail begins by the Red Cross hut in Knutmarka, Svolvær. From here, follow the road towards the north, then embark the gravel road to the left where the road turns before continuing to Knutvika. Follow the gravel road for approximately 500 meters, then do a quick turn to the right and continue uphill (follow signs at the crossroads). Follow the path along the left side of Grønnåsvatnet, cross the boardwalk, and begin the ascent. Walk until you can see the Tuvvatnet in front of you, then turn right and follow the path to the top of Blåtinden. 

Blåtinden - Svolvær
Foto: Anders Løvik

4. DJEVELPORTEN AND FLØYA, ELEVATION: 590M. DURATION: 3-5 HOURS

Also this hike has approximately a walking distance of 2.5km (1.5 miles) from Svinøya. There are newly built sherpa stairs from the start. The trail begins by the trees behind Svolvær Barnehage (nursery/kindergarten) which is to be found in Blåtindveien in Svolvær. Follow the trail up through the small forest to the beginning of the sherpa stairs. 503 steps await you up towards Heia. After the stairs, continue and follow the path. It is a clear path and consists partly of boardwalks. You can choose between going straight up to the top of Fløya, or make a visit to Djevelporten (The Devil’s Gate) en route. 

On the way to Djevelporten and Fløya
Foto: Kristin Folsland Olsen

5. KONGSTINDEN, ELEVATION: 552M. DURATION: 3-4 HOURS

Walking distance to where the trail starts is approximately 3km (1.8 miles) from Svinøya. The start is at Trollhøgda on the east end of Lille Kongsvatnet at Stranda in Svolvær. Here you will see a substation with a big parking lot outside. Follow the gravel road towards Kongsmarka for approx. 150 meters. After the last house on your right, the path begins, also to the right. This trail is followed by sheepbacks up towards a col where you can see Nedre (lower) and Øvre (upper) Svolværvatn. From here, the path turns 90 degrees to the left and continues along the ridge towards the top. It is a clear path for the rest of the way. Kongstinden in Svolvær

Foto: Kristin Folsland Olsen


For those who are extra adventurous, we would recommend one of Lofoten's most spectacular hikes - Svolværgeita. This tour involves climbing and it is necessary to hire a guide unless you have a good climbing experience yourself.